Bio and CV
Martino is Assistant Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning, Associate Faculty Member in the Department of Civil Engineering, and Co-Director for the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems, Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a Visiting Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute and a former Oxford Martin Fellow in Complexity, Resilience and Risk at the University of Oxford.
He is broadly interested in systems science, predictive modelling and simulation for understanding and tackling societal challenges in energy and sustainability. This includes the application of complex networks, decision theory, and techno-economic optimization to assess long-term sustainability, risk and resilience in urban systems. Much of his work focuses on developing computational decision support systems and integrated assessment modelling to inform climate and energy policy. Current focus areas include intelligent energy and transport systems, and interdependent infrastructure networks. He also lectures on Cities and Climate Change (PLAN 548S), and Urban Systems Analysis and Planning (URSY 520) at UBC.
Before arriving to UBC, Martino provided technical leadership and management for the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) a $10M program grant funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). He made novel contributions to the decision-analytic scenario modelling framework developing multi-attribute, cross-sector performance metrics, and visualization techniques to assess infrastructure performance, risk and interdependency. This work contributed to the first national infrastructure systems modelling capability used to inform the UK government's National Infrastructure Plan.
Martino has also led research for academia and industry on modelling the dynamics of innovation adoption, and large-scale deployment of smart energy and transport technologies. He has advised UNEP, UNDP and Hitachi Europe’s Smart Cities Program, and also collaborates with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) tasked with informing UK energy and climate policy. He is a peer reviewer for Science and Nature.
Martino completed his PhD in Environmental Science specializing in mathematical modelling as an Oxford Martin Fellow jointly led by Engineering Sciences and the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford. His thesis applied systems engineering and complex network theory to model the long-term techno-economic performance of alternative fuelled vehicles for climate change mitigation. He received a European Commission Erasmus Mundus scholarship completing a MSc in Environmental Science at Lund University, Sweden specializing in energy systems analysis. Before academia he worked in industry focusing on environmental impact assessment for major energy and transport infrastructure investments.
- Tran M. (2016) A general framework for analyzing techno-behavioural dynamics on networks. Environmental Modelling & Software, 78:225 - 233.
- Hall JW, Tran M, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ, (eds.) The Future of National Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK, 2016.
- Hall JW, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ, Tran M. (2016) Introducing National Infrastructure Assessment. Chapter 1 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Hall JW, Otto A, Hickford AJ, Nichols RJ, Tran M. (2016) A Framework for Analysing Long-term Performance of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems. Chapter 2 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Oughton E, Tran M, Jones C, Ebrahimy R. (2016) Digital communications and information systems. Chapter 10 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Tran M, Hall JW, Nichols RJ, Hickford AJ. (2016) Assessing the performance of national infrastructure strategies. Chapter 11 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Tran M, Byers E, Blainey SP, Barua P, Chaudry M, Qadrdan M, Eyre N, Jenkins N. (2016) Quantifying interdependencies: transport-energy and energy-water. Chapter 12 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Hall JW, Nichols RJ, Tran M, Hickford AJ. (2016) The Complete Picture: A Vision of Long-term Infrastructure Provision. Chapter 16 in Hall et al., (eds.) Future Infrastructure: a system-of-systems approach. Cambridge University Press, UK.
- Byers E, Qadrdan M, Hall JW, Amezaga J, Chaudry M, Kilsby C, Tran M, Alderson D. (2016) Water use and water availability constraints to decarbonized electricity systems. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, Vienna Austria.
- Byers EA, Qadrdan M, Leathard A, Alderson D, Hall JW, Amesaga JM, Tran M, Kilsby CG, Chaudry M. (2015) Cooling water for Britain's future electricity supply. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, 168: 188 – 204.
- Hickford, A.J., Nicholls, R.J., Otto, A., Hall, J.W., Blainey, S.P., Tran, M. and Baruah, P. (2015) Creating an ensemble of future strategies for national infrastructure provision. Futures, 66: 13-24.
- Alderson D, Barr S, Tran M, Hall JW, Otto A, Hickford A, Byers E. (2014) Visualisation tools for multi-perspective, cross-sector, long-term infrastructure performance evaluation. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure 2014, Vienna, Austria, 29 Sep - 02 Oct 2014.
- Baruah PJ, Eyre N, Qadrdan M, Chaudry M, Blainey S, Hall JW, Jenkins N, Tran M. (2014) Energy system impacts from heat and transport electrification. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Energy, 167(3): 139-151.
- Hall JW, Otto A, Tran M, Barr S, Alderson D. (2014) A national model for strategic planning of infrastructure systems. Vulnerability, Uncertainty and Risk: 2821-2829.
- Otto A, Hall JW, Hickford AJ, Alderson D, Barr S, Tran M. (2014) A quantified system-of-systems modeling framework for robust national infrastructure planning. IEEE Systems Journal, 99: 1-12.
- Tran M. (2014) Modeling sustainability transitions on complex networks. Complexity, 19: 8-22.
- Tran M, Brand C, Banister D. (2014) Modelling diffusion feedbacks between technology performance, cost and consumer behaviour for future energy-transport systems. Journal of Power Sources, 251: 130-136.
- Tran M, Hall JW, Hickford A, Nicholls R, Alderson D, Barr S, Baruah P, Beavan R, Birkin M, Blainey S, Byers E, Chaudry M, Curtis T, Ebrahimy R, Eyre N, Hiteva R, Jenkins N, Jones C, Kilsby C, Leathard A, Manning L, Otto A, Oughton E, Powrie W, Preston J, Qadrdan M, Thoung C, Tyler P, Watson J, Watson G. and Zuo C. (2014) National infrastructure assessment: Analysis of options for infrastructure provision in Great Britain, Interim results. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-874370-52-9.
- Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Bonilla D, Tran M, Banister D, McCulloch MD. (2013) Evaluating the impacts of V2G on the costs of owning and operating electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Applied Energy, 111: 206-218.
- Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2013) Accelerating the transformation to a low carbon transport system: the role of car purchase taxes, feebates, road taxes and scrappage incentives. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 49: 132-148.
- Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2013) The role of fiscal car purchasing incentives in a future low carbon transport system. Proceedings of the World Conference of Transportation Research 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-18 July.
- Tran M. (2013) Future energy mix and transport. Chapter 8 in, Givoni, M. and Banister, D. (eds.) Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility. Edward Elgar, London. pp. 111-128. ISBN: 978-1-78100-722-8.
- Tran M, Banister D, Bishop JDK, McCulloch MD. (2013) Simulating early adoption of alternative fuel vehicles for sustainability. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(5): 865-875.
- Anable J, Brand C, Tran M, Eyre N. (2012) Modelling transport energy demand: A socio-technical approach. Energy Policy, 41: 125-138.
- Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Tran M, Banister D, Bonilla D, McCulloch MD (2012) Identifying the fuels and energy conversion technologies necessary to meet European passenger car emissions legislation to 2020. Fuel, 99: 88-105.
- Brand C, Tran M, Anable J. (2012) The UK transport carbon model: an integrated life cycle approach to explore low carbon futures. Energy Policy, 41: 107-124.
- Tran M. (2012) Agent-behaviour and network influence on energy innovation diffusion. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 17(9): 3682-3695.
- Tran M. (2012) Technology-behavioural modelling of energy innovation diffusion in the UK. Applied Energy, 96: 1-11.
- Tran M, Banister D, Bishop JDK, McCulloch MD. (2012) Realizing the electric-vehicle revolution. Nature Climate Change, 2: 328-333.
- Bishop JDK, Axon CJ, Banister D, Bonilla D, Tran M, McCulloch MD. (2011) Using non-parametric statistics to identify the best pathway for supplying hydrogen as a road transport fuel. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 36(5): 9382-9395.
- Brand C, Tran M, Anable J. (2011) Low carbon car taxation and its potential to accelerate transitions to a low carbon transport sector in the UK. The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE). Conference Proceedings, Energy efficiency First: ISBN: 978-91-633-4455-8.
- Brand C, Anable J, Tran M. (2009) 20% transport - how we may get there. Royal Geographical Society - Annual International Conference, Manchester, UK, August 2009.
Recent Invited Talks
- Citizen Science, Big Data and Public Engagement. City of New Westminster Intelligent Cities Initiative, Canada. Nov. 28, 2016.
- The Rise of Cities, Net Zero Buildings Conference, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, UBC, Canada. Nov. 25, 2016.
- Future Cities & Communities Workshop, Turku University, Finland. Nov. 2, 2016.
- Can developing nations lead the movement towards climate solutions? UBC Alumni Dialogues & Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Vancouver, Canada. Sept. 19, 2016.
- Forum for the 21st Century Super Smart City, Hokkaido University, Japan. May 17, 2016.
- Complex Urban Systems and Big Data, Tongji University, China. May 12, 2016.
- Modelling sustainability transitions on complex networks (Keynote). UK Institute of Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics Group, University of Warwick, UK. June 30, 2015.
- Multiscale energy demand and decision-making, Hybrid Energy Modelling – Linkages and Interdisciplinarity, Annual Conference. Whole Systems Energy Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM). Cambridge University, UK July 6, 2015.
- New technologies and changing behaviours, Global Challenges in Transport Oxford Executive Leadership Programme, Oxford, UK.
- Assessing interdependency for sustainable smart cities, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Cambridge University, UK. Feb. 17, 2015.
- Managing future risk and interdependency for low carbon cities, University of British Columbia, Canada. Jan. 28, 2015.
- Sustainable cities and smart urban networks – Environmental Urban Technology Parallel Session, Smart City World Expo, Barcelona, Spain. Nov. 20, 2014.
- Planning infrastructure systems for the 21st century: Interdependencies and cross-sector performance, UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, Birmingham, UK. May 30, 2014.
- Future impacts of new technologies on urban mobility (Keynote), PortoDigital International Mobility Conference, Recife, Brazil. Jan. 31, 2013.
- Sustainability assessment for intelligent mobility systems, Traffex 26th International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, Birmingham, UK. April 16, 2013.
- Complex systems modelling for land-use, health and transport, Lancet Special Series: Land Use/Health for Transport and Development, Monash University, Prato, Italy. May 27, 2013.
- Agent-based modelling of technological diffusion and network influence, Modelling Change and Adaptation in Infrastructure Systems. Next Generation Infrastructures, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. May 14, 2013.
- Policy impacts on smart energy systems, Smart Systems and Heat Workshop, Energy Technology Institute, Loughborough University, UK. May 2, 2013.
- Low Carbon Mobility Futures Programme Expert Workshop, Smith School for Enterprise and Environment, Oxford, UK. Feb. 14, 2013.
- Agent-based modelling of energy technology diffusion, Worlds Within Reach from Science to Policy 40th Anniversary Conference, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, Austria. Oct. 24, 2012.
- Lifecycle vehicle emissions and market diffusion modelling, UK Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and Department for Transport (DfT), London, UK. Dec. 4, 2012.
- Agent behaviour and network influence on energy innovation diffusion, CABDyN Complexity Centre Seminars, Saiid Business School, University of Oxford. March 13, 2012.
- Oxford Vehicle Emissions and Market Diffusion Model (OVEM+) Expert Workshop, Department of Engineering Sciences, Oxford, UK.